Driving & Car Rentals Abroad With

Singaporean Driver's License

Contents

Check if you are allowed to apply for an International Driver's Permit (IDP)

IDP requirements and car rental policies

How to get an International Driver's Permit (IDP)

Why should you get an IDP

Check if you are allowed to apply an for an International Driver's Permit (IDP)

You may need an International Driver's Permit (IDP) to drive in some countries. Your eligibility for application depends on:
1. The country you’re visiting
2. Meeting the age requirement of the destination country (usually 18 years old)
3. Having a valid Singaporean driver's license (learner's permit is not allowed)
4. The planned duration of your stay (usually 1-12 months)

IDP requirements and car rental policies

The countries or territories listed below are the ones most visited by Singaporean citizens or Singaporean driver's license holders.

Country / Territories
Convention Ratified
IDP Requirements
Car Rental Age Requirements
Australia
1949
A Singaporean driver'slicensealone is valid to drive in Australia. No need to present an IDP.
You need to be age 18 at least to get a rental car in the Australia. If you are under age 24, young driver fees are likely to be collected (subject to rental car groups).
Malaysia
1949
Citizens of Commonwealth countries (both Malaysia and Singapore are members of) can use their domestic driver's license without the need to present an IDP.
You need to be at least 18 years old to drive a rental car in Malaysia. If you are under age 25, young driver fees are likely to be collected (subject to rental car groups).
Canada
1949
You need an IDP supplemented with your Singaporean driver's license to be valid to drive in Canada.
You need to be at least 18 years old to drive a rental car in Canada. If you are under age 24, young driver fees are likely to be collected (subject to rental car groups).
Portugal
1949, 1968
You need an IDP supplemented with your Singaporean driver's license to be valid to drive in Portugal.
You need to be age 18 at least to get a rental car in the Portugal. If you are under age 24, young driver fees are likely to be collected (subject to rental car groups).
Turkey
1949, 1968
You need an IDP supplemented with your Singaporean driver's license to be valid to drive in Turkey, subject to a visiting fewer than 90 days.
You need to be age 18 at least to get a rental car in Turkey. If you are under age 24, young driver fees are likely to be collected (subject to rental car groups).
Austria
1949, 1968
You need an IDP supplemented with your Singaporean driver's license to be valid to drive in Austria.
You need to be age 18 at least to get a rental car in the Austria. If you are under age 24, young driver fees are likely to be collected (subject to rental car groups).
Switzerland
1949, 1968
You need an IDP supplemented with your Singaporean driver'slicense to be valid to drive in Switzerland.
You need to be age 18 at least to get a rental car in the Switzerland. If you are under age 25, young driver fees are likely to be collected (subject to rental car groups).
Spain
1949, 1968
You need an IDP supplemented with your Singaporean driver's license to be valid to drive in Spain.
You need to be at least 18 years old to drive a rental car in Spain. If you are under age 24, young driver fees are likely to be collected (subject to rental car groups).
France
1949, 1968
You need an IDP supplemented with your Singaporean driver's license to be valid to drive in France.
You need to be at least 18 years old to drive a rental car in France. If you are under age 24, young driver fees are likely to be collected (subject to rental car groups).
Italy
1949, 1968
You need an IDP supplemented with your Singaporean driver's license to be valid to drive in Italy.
You need to be age 18 at least to get a rental car in Italy. If you are under age 24, young driver fees are likely to be collected (subject to rental car groups).
Greece
1949, 1968
You need an IDP supplemented with your Singaporean driver's license to be valid to drive in Greece
You need to be age 19 at least to get a rental car in Greece. If you are under age 24, young driver fees are likely to be collected.
Netherlands
1949, 1968
You need an IDP supplemented with your Singaporean driver's license to be valid to drive in Netherlands.
You need to be age 21 at least to get a rental car in Netherlands. If you are under age 24, young driver fees are likely to be collected (subject to rental car groups).
Mexico
1968
You need an IDP supplemented with your Singaporean driver's license to be valid to drive in Mexico.
You need to be age 18 at least to get a rental car in Mexico. If you are under age 24, young driver fees are likely to be collected (subject to rental car groups).
Thailand
1949, 1968
A Singaporean driver'slicensealone is valid to drive in Thailand. No need to present an IDP.
You need to be age 18 at least to get a rental car in Thailand. If you are under age 21, young driver fees are likely to be collected (subject to rental car groups).
Morocco
1949, 1968
You need an IDP supplemented with your Singaporean driver's license to be valid to drive in Morocco.
You need to be age 21 at least to get a rental car in Morocco. If you are under age 22, young driver fees are likely to be collected (subject to rental car groups).
Egypt
1949
You need an IDP supplemented with your Singaporean driver's license to be valid to drive in Egypt.
You need to be age 20 at least to get a rental car in Egypt If you are under age 24, young driver fees are likely to be collected (subject to rental car groups).
South Africa
1949, 1968
A Singaporean driver'slicensealone is valid to drive in South Africa. No need to present an IDP.
You need to be age 20 at least to get a rental car in South Africa. If you are under age 24, young driver fees are likely to be collected (subject to rental car groups).
Tunisia
1949, 1968
You need an IDP supplemented with your Singaporean driver's license to be valid to drive in Tunisia.
You need to be age 21 at least to get a rental car in Tunisia. If you are under age 24, young driver fees are likely to be collected (subject to rental car groups).
Argentina
1949
You need an IDP supplemented with your Singaporean driver's license to be valid to drive in Argentina.
You need to be age 21 at least to get a rental car in Argentina. If you are under age 24, young driver fees are likely to be collected (subject to rental car groups).
Brazil
1949, 1968
A Singaporean driver's license is valid in Brazil, subject to a visting fewer than 180 days.
You need to be age 19 at least to get a rental car in Brazil. If you are under age 20, young driver fees are likely to be collected (subject to rental car groups).
Chile
1949, 1968
A Singaporean driver's license is valid in Chile. No need to presnet an IDP.
You need to be age 18 at least to get a rental car in Chile. If you are under age 21, young driver fees are likely to be collected (subject to rental car groups).
Cuba
1949, 1968
A Singaporean driver's license is valid in Cuba. No need to present an IDP.
(To be updated)
Columbia
None
A Singaporean driver's license alone is valid to drive in Colombia, subject to a visiting of fewer than 90 days.
You need to be age 21 at least to get a rental car in Colombia. If you are under age 25, young driver fees are likely to be collected (subject to rental car groups).
India
1949
You need an IDP supplemented with your Singaporean driver's license to be valid to drive in India.
You need to be age 18 at least to get a rental car in India. If you are under age 20, young driver fees are likely to be collected (subject to rental car groups).
Vietnam
1949, 1968
You need an IDP supplemented with your Singaporean driver's license to be valid to drive in Vietnam.
If you are under age 26, young driver fees are likely to be collected in Vietnam (subject to rental car groups).
South Korea
1949, 1968
You need an IDP supplemented with your Singaporean driver's license to be valid to drive in South Korea.
(To be updated)
Russia
1949, 1968
Subject to a visiting of fewer than six months, you should require an IDP supplemented with your Singaporean driver's license to be valid to drive in Russia.
You need to be age 21 at least to get a rental car in Russia. If you are under age 24, young driver fees are likely to be collected.
Saudi Arabia
1968
You need an IDP supplemented with your Singaporean driver's license to be valid to drive in Saudi Arabia.
You need to be age 21 at least to get a rental car in the Saudi Arabia. If you are under age 24, young driver fees are likely to be collected (subject to rental car groups).
United Arab Emirates
1949, 1968
You need an IDP supplemented with your Singaporean driver's license to be valid to drive in United Arab Emirates.
You need to be age 21 at least to get a rental car in UAE . If you are under age 23, young driver fees are likely to be collected (subject to rental car groups).
Iran
1949, 1969
You need an IDP supplemented with your Singaporean driver's license to be valid to drive in Iran.
You need to be age 18 at least to get a rental car in the Iran. If you are under age 20, young driver fees are likely to be collected (subject to rental car groups).
Israel
1949, 1969
Your Singaporean driver's license is valid to use to drive in Israel, provided you have your license for at least five years.
You need to be age 21 at least to get a rental car in the Israel. If you are under age 22, young driver fees are likely to be collected (subject to rental car groups).
Qatar
1968
Subject to fewer than 6 months, you should get an IDP supplemented with your Singaporean driver's license to be valid to drive in Qatar.
(To be updated)

Although we take great efforts in trying to maintain the information on this page as up-to-date and accurate as possible, however, there are chances you may fail to find information relative to your destination country or territory. In a case like this,  feel free to contact us by emailing to service@internatioanldrivinginstitution.com. We will do our best to find out for you by liaising with the pertaining bodies or companies.

How to get an IDP

Once you have confirmed that you are allowed to apply for an IDP, simply submit the materials online.

The online application process is as follows:

  • Fill out the application form with your driver's license information

  • Upload a recent passport size photo of yourself

  • Upload a copy or a photo of your Singaporean driver's license (full and valid)

Please note:

  • You must have a valid Singaporean driver's license (learner's permit is not allowed)

  • Understand how long you plan to stay in the destination country

 

After submission and approval of necessary documents, you should be entitled to get your IDP. Depending on the number of demands, processing your application will take from 30 minutes to 2 days. We guarantee you the best price (check the IDP price here).

Why should you get an IDP

Your Singapore drivers' license alone is accepted and valid in other ASEAN countries. However, there are many locations abroad where you still need an IDP (see the table above).

 

To some extent, an IDP is a must-have for international travelers, no matter how extensively their domestic driver's licenses are recognized. After all, bringing an IDP is no mistake, but the absence of presenting one could sometimes be a problem. Notably, some car rental companies would still prefer seeing an IDP before giving you the keys.